BRAVE BLOKE DIES IN VIOLENT CONFRONTATION WITH THUGS
A brave Indian man who chased after robbers and apprehended one of them was on Tuesday night shot and killed in front of his yard in Phase 2, Gaborone.
The 68 -year- old victim whose names couldn’t be released until next of kin in India had been notified met his tragic demise in the company of three friends at 9pm.
Indian High Commission spokesperson Raj Chawla told The Voice in an interview on Wednesday that the four men were coming from a restaurant in Block 6 when they were attacked.
“As soon as they arrived they were confronted by a gang of thugs who robbed them of money and cellphones at gunpoint,” he said.
Gaborone West Police Station Commander, Superintendent Agreement Mapeu whose station responded to the murder report said the culprits were seven in total and when they tried to get away the man who got shot ran after them and grabbed one of them.
“That is when his partners in crime came back, drew a shot-gun and shot him on the head before speeding away in a white corolla that did not have number plates.
“They made away with an undisclosed amount of money which also included foreign currency and a P10 000 cheque.” Mapeu said.
Meanwhile the Indian High Commission has condemned the robbery incidents in Gaborone which he said were on the rise but appreciated the police efforts to control the situation.
“It could have been anyone. It’s not like the Indians are the only targets. Thieves attack anyone whom they can steal from and the victim in this case was unfortunate to have been killed,” he said.
By Wednesday afternoon the victim’s house had been vacated, but blood stains and struggle marks were still visible by the entrance.
The car that the victims were using was still parked by the gate with a bullet hole in it.
About six pellets had penetrated the gate during the shooting.
Weekly police crime statistics indicate that by August 30, police had recorded a total of 868 incidents of armed robbery across the country.
Some of the notable incidents in Gaborone include the Shell Filling Station at the bus rank in which one robber was killed in a fire exchange with the police.
The Nandos in main mall and BBS mall were also hit together with the G/West KFC where P2000 was stolen but no arrests were made in connection with the robberies.
Superintendent Mapeu said the police were working round the clock to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
He said with the increasing robbery incidents, the culprits were stretching their luck too far and that this particular incident will help the police narrow their investigations.